Are you passionate about children’s ministry? Are you experienced in working with children and eager to develop your skills? Are you a servant-hearted, creative and flexible team player who is able to work alongside others in leading children’s ministry? Would you like to combine training within a large city-centre evangelical church with studying for a post-graduate degree in children’s ministry?
If so, we would love to support you in loving God, following Jesus, and sharing hope within the context of children’s ministry.
Above Bar Church is looking for a Children’s Ministry Trainee to start in September 2017. This is a two or three-year position, which comprises of approximately 21 hrs/wk serving in the church and 14 hrs/wk studying (typically) an MA in Children’s and Family work.
Bursaries, hosting, and funding to cover fees are available if needed and will be discussed with the successful applicant.
A few people recently tweeted about Hadley Freeman’s article in the Guardian on how ‘I was not good at being a teenager. But I do have some advice.’ For anyone working with young people it’s well worth a read.
It concludes with three pieces of wisdom: “But I do have three pieces of advice for making it pass a little more painlessly.
First, create something. Write, draw, bake, knit, make a magazine, design a video game – whatever, it doesn’t matter, as long as it comes from you. Just make something that wasn’t there before, so you can look at it and say, “That came out of my brain, my fingers, me. Without me, that would not exist.” One of the best ways to learn who you are internally is to find out what kind of mark you can make externally.
Second, do things just for you. I’m sure you’re sick of condescending oldsters like me wagging their fingers at you about “the selfie generation”, which is just our way of trying to say how worried we are about you coming of age at a time when your worthiness is measured in likes. But try to do as much as possible just for yourself, not external validation: make something and don’t Instagram it. Go to a gig on your own, and don’t Facebook it. Validate yourself.
Finally, remember that you are currently wearing teenager goggles. This means that everything you are experiencing is being refracted through the crazy hazy hormonal moshpit in your head, as well as the various injustices that come with that time of life when you’re not sure if you’re an adult or a child and no one else is, either”
The Home Office have launched a range of papers recently on the theme of domestic violence and abuse.
The changes to the definition of domestic raise awareness that young people in the 16 to 17 age group can also be victims of domestic violence and abuse.
By including this age group the government hopes to encourage young people to come forward and get the support they need, through a helpline or specialist service.
A young people’s panel will be set up by the NSPCC. The panel will consist of up to 5 members between the age of 16 and 22, who will work with the government on domestic violence policy and wider work to fight violence against women and girls.
We’ve all been the new kid: When we teach young people to value each person as God does, their perspective changes. How much better would it be for our first time visitors if we took away some of the guesswork at a first session and ensured experienced young people helped them.
4Children conducted a Public Health England funded project looking into the feasibility of running a supervised toothbrushing programme for 2, 3 and 4 year olds in private and voluntary early years settings as well as with childminders. The report from this project can be found here.
The resources created during that project are now being made available. These include a presentation introducing the project to early years practitioners, story sack ideas and an information booklet designed for both practitioners and parents.
We laid out lots of fruit, juices, and other types of drinks for the young people to add into their glass. When they had the ingredients they wanted they went to one of two blenders and blended their drink with crushed ice.
The group had lots of fun in their Christmas jumpers.
“Jesus: Truth or Fairytale?” a Christmas video resource aimed at 16-19 year olds. For many young people Christmas is a fairytale, a nice story we repeat each year. This video asks the question, what if God really came to town?
The video features Meg Cannon reciting a spoken word piece that brings back the grit, humanity and truth into the nativity story, and then questions what that might change. If Jesus’ birth was a real event, what does that mean for me and what does that mean for you?
We’re going to take a few moments to pray using the characters from the nativity. For each character there is a picture and a topic that I will read out. I will then give you a moment to either silently or quietly in your families pray for that topic.
Thank you for parents and people who look after us
Please help people who have to make difficult decisions
Thank you for animals and all of the world you made
Help us to tell people about who Jesus is
Please show us the right way to go when we are confused
Please help all people who are searching to find what they are looking for
Thank you for sending Jesus to be with us and help us